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Coronavirus: Sweden’s Health Officials ‘Misjudged’ COVID-19 Resurgence, Says PM Stefan Lofven

Health officials in Sweden, which opted not to respond to the first wave of COVID-19 with a national lockdown, misjudged the power of the virus’s resurgence, the country’s prime minister said on Tuesday as an independent commission criticised the country’s strategy.

“I think that most people in the profession didn’t see such a wave in front of them, they talked about different clusters,” prime minister Stefan Lofven told the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper.

Later on Tuesday, a commission that has looked into Sweden’s handling of the pandemic released its preliminary conclusions — which were particularly critical of provisions made for the elderly.

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